Thubten Tengye has been a practicing Buddhist for nearly 10 years. He follows the Gelug-pa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, the lineage headed by His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. He took refuge vows with Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Nepal in 2005. He has been on month long meditation retreats in Kathmandu, Nepal, as well as Bodhgaya, India, the site where the Buddha is said to have reached Enlightenment, and Dharamsala India, the location of the Dalai Lama's government in exile. He also attended the 10-day Kalachakra initiation given by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Washington, D.C., in July 2011. He has a strong interest in Buddhist philosophy and meditation practice. He is particularly interested in the parallels between Buddhist and Western philosophy. He maintains a daily meditation practice and provides meditation instruction and advice to others.